Bandroom News

What the judges said...

Second place: Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)


Some minor intonation issues in the opening entrance.

A bit more brilliant style in the melody lines would have helped.

Some impressive sounds here, great technique and attention to detail

Andante excellent & calmfull link into the waltz.

Great cornet playing


F – minor slip in euphonium, great attention to detail for flow and phrase

Piu mosso – extremely controlled

82 – great atmosphere – a musical vibraphonist


Vigoroso – excellent style

I – the perfect balance of technical perfection and good flowing bigger picture

Love Story: So beautifully shaped – finally some tenderness – bravo band and super flugel

2 before M – intonation, so signing euphonium


N – perfectly shaped – percussion better balanced, can’t hear vibes and marimba

Sonore: perfect band sound – Agitato works well, even if it was a bit overdone it made the perfect link into a marvelous pp!

9 – magical touch here – bravo. 64 – Bravo Mr Soprano!

R – your take some risks and it works - Beautiful slow music

Jazz: Great style and so detailed in the lower brass

Great ff

You’ve nailed this Gallery – so emotional at the end – Magic!

T – excellent technique, U works well, love the ‘dolce’ in the solo euphonium

Pages 40 – 48 – technically superior to anything we’ve been hearing today

Z – so stylish. 142 can hear the detail! (semi quavers)


Grandioso: Impressive sounds – what a trombone section

EE – Mr Euphonium sings again, adds a lovely touch to this amazing band sound

FF – So beautiful – masters at work here – rich and powerful


You’ve nailed this Gallery – so emotional at the end – Magic!

Bravo band and conductor -

Nothing wrong on my radar – this was a sheer delight to listen to.


Luc Vertommen

ENTRANCE:  A lovely entrance into the gallery


BARRAS: Well crafted, such space and clarity

Such fine attention to detail

ANDANTE – a lovely conclusion leads into..


SKATER’S: Bravo cornet & eup & sop. Great contrast at 57 in every sense

83 – VIBES not totally convinced, benefit of doubt.

I – a little bit edgy

CODA – would love a longer pause and NIENTE


OLD COUPLE: Nice to start but them becomes a little “edge of the seat” (pity)

21 – GLOCK seems a shade aggressive for p.

O – nice warm sounds

P – well directed

43 has nice peaceful style – good link into Q

64 – Well done soprano

R – great conclusion


CUT-OUTS: Great dynamic control

T – super dialogue

U – balance could be better ‘p’ for some!

V – great ensemble (slight mishap at 80)

Excellent accuracy. BB & 142 FF & FFF perhaps contrast could be better

Magnificent as we climb Ben Lomond

LANDSCAPES: Powerful, panoramic picture in sounds.

Great dynamic range

FF – Lovely tenor trombones with carillon sounds. Magnificent as we climb Ben Lomond


Thank you


Phillip McCann


1. Excellent start

2. Fine tempo so detail is there within music – the solo cornets could have been tidier at the start – but whole piece has a unity that carries

3. Nicely judged by the conductor and soloist – just one sticky moment for the euph – otherwise confident and assured.

5. Lovely work all round. Tender and gentle!

It comes through to an astounding climax

6. Exciting tempo chosen, but the band handles it -0 it gives a certain trouble after T but more virtuosity follows

7. Surprisingly jolly for Grandioso but there are more way etc. It comes through to an astounding climax

Thank you!

Howard Snell

Second place: Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)


Some minor intonation issues in the opening entrance.

A bit more brilliant style in the melody lines would have helped.

Some impressive sounds here, great technique and attention to detail

Andante excellent & calmfull link into the waltz.

Great cornet playing


F – minor slip in euphonium, great attention to detail for flow and phrase

Piu mosso – extremely controlled

82 – great atmosphere – a musical vibraphonist


Vigoroso – excellent style

I – the perfect balance of technical perfection and good flowing bigger picture

Love Story: So beautifully shaped – finally some tenderness – bravo band and super flugel

2 before M – intonation, so signing euphonium


N – perfectly shaped – percussion better balanced, can’t hear vibes and marimba

Sonore: perfect band sound – Agitato works well, even if it was a bit overdone it made the perfect link into a marvelous pp!

9 – magical touch here – bravo. 64 – Bravo Mr Soprano!

R – your take some risks and it works - Beautiful slow music

Jazz: Great style and so detailed in the lower brass

Great ff

You’ve nailed this Gallery – so emotional at the end – Magic!

T – excellent technique, U works well, love the ‘dolce’ in the solo euphonium

Pages 40 – 48 – technically superior to anything we’ve been hearing today

Z – so stylish. 142 can hear the detail! (semi quavers)


Grandioso: Impressive sounds – what a trombone section

EE – Mr Euphonium sings again, adds a lovely touch to this amazing band sound

FF – So beautiful – masters at work here – rich and powerful


You’ve nailed this Gallery – so emotional at the end – Magic!

Bravo band and conductor -

Nothing wrong on my radar – this was a sheer delight to listen to.


Luc Vertommen

ENTRANCE:  A lovely entrance into the gallery


BARRAS: Well crafted, such space and clarity

Such fine attention to detail

ANDANTE – a lovely conclusion leads into..


SKATER’S: Bravo cornet & eup & sop. Great contrast at 57 in every sense

83 – VIBES not totally convinced, benefit of doubt.

I – a little bit edgy

CODA – would love a longer pause and NIENTE


OLD COUPLE: Nice to start but them becomes a little “edge of the seat” (pity)

21 – GLOCK seems a shade aggressive for p.

O – nice warm sounds

P – well directed

43 has nice peaceful style – good link into Q

64 – Well done soprano

R – great conclusion


CUT-OUTS: Great dynamic control

T – super dialogue

U – balance could be better ‘p’ for some!

V – great ensemble (slight mishap at 80)

Excellent accuracy. BB & 142 FF & FFF perhaps contrast could be better

Magnificent as we climb Ben Lomond

LANDSCAPES: Powerful, panoramic picture in sounds.

Great dynamic range

FF – Lovely tenor trombones with carillon sounds. Magnificent as we climb Ben Lomond


Thank you


Phillip McCann


1. Excellent start

2. Fine tempo so detail is there within music – the solo cornets could have been tidier at the start – but whole piece has a unity that carries

3. Nicely judged by the conductor and soloist – just one sticky moment for the euph – otherwise confident and assured.

5. Lovely work all round. Tender and gentle!

It comes through to an astounding climax

6. Exciting tempo chosen, but the band handles it -0 it gives a certain trouble after T but more virtuosity follows

7. Surprisingly jolly for Grandioso but there are more way etc. It comes through to an astounding climax

Thank you!

Howard Snell
Tredegar town Band supported by